Lukaku's first touch

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    goldenballs Victoria's secret

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    Not a player I studied before, so he's relatively new on my radar. Should we be worried, or will he improve.

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    GledTheRed Full Member

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    is a throw in
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    Cassady Supports Liverpool, Not Accrington Stanley

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    He's not really a team player. Great finisher and should fit into your cagey long ball stuff.
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    leontas Full Member

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    Lukaku can help us improve dramatically in the one department we were poor last season - finishing. He won't be the kind of player that will make us more fluid in attack or who will help set-up goals for other people in the team. But he will score goals.
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    Grib Full Member

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    'it' has its own thread now!

    Struth :houllier:
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    Brwned Have you ever been in love before?

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    It's his 2nd touch in most of those clips that's the worry. In lots of them his first touch is perfectly fine. It's certainly a weak point of his but we've been able to work around Rooney's inconsistent 1st touch for years so it's not a major concern. Obviously Rooney could pull off wonderful touches to balance it out in a way that Lukaku can't, but I'm far more concerned with how often he messes up simple passes and fluid interplay.
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    His link-up play and teamplay is obviously a worry.

    Hopefully it improves with better players/coaches.
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    sullydnl Ross Kemp's caf ID

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    His first touch is erratic, there's no getting around that.
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    horsechoker Sailor vee, this is a right off.

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    His first touch is just a smokescreen
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    Rado_N Yaaas Broncos!

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    We should be worried about it yes, but he will improve. Does make you wonder how much he would have cost if he had solid holdup skills
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    goldenballs Victoria's secret

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    And your problem is??
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    efraim Can't be accused of being a gloryhunter

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    I'm sure Mourinho is aware of this and plans to improve him in this area. But I wouldn't worry, we have a pretty good defense that can handle these types of mistakes. Lukaku also makes up for it by scoring 20+ goals a season.
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    To think that from that wonderfully talented Belgium team we've signed a pair with the worst possible touch :lol:
    Back to the issue - Lukaku knows about it and he has been working on/around it for years now, with some success. I guess we'll see.
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    goldenballs Victoria's secret

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    Not seen that before. He does have some good attributes. He certainly is a lump of a boy, takes some knocking off the ball.
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    Mibabalou Full Member

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    You could make a video exactly like this for every player every.
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    Perfect touch for the Bale-style kick the ball forward and outpace defenders to chase the ball:lol: safe to say JM will build a team truly based on transitions this season
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    Android1974 Incredibly anal about player positions in lineups City Lover

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    Can't see how this might be a problem if all his first touches are shots. :p Or someone here is suggesting he can't shoot?
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    He's definitely not got that Zlatan touch, and I doubt he'd suggest that himself. If we can tidy up his second touch after he controls it, I think we'll be quite effective going forward with his hold up play and movement around him.
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    Steven7290 Full Member

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    It's his weakness yes but not to the extent that video shows. As youtube compilation can make a player look like Ballon D'or contender, it can also give inaccurate impression on a player. Watching him play in real time, I'd say he's maybe a bit above average, not too big a worry.
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    goldenballs Victoria's secret

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    I dare say you could. But I was alerted to his touch by a mate that follows Everton. He said that it is frustrating how attacks are broken up by him giving possession away too often.
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    Android1974 Incredibly anal about player positions in lineups City Lover

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    I'm more worried about his decision-making than his first touch, really. He sometimes runs with the ball like a headless chicken, maybe Mourinho can prevent him from that.
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    By the way, is this video supposed to be impressive? Have seen it posted a few times, wasn't impressed at all. I know that he isn't a youtube-ish player though
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    Grib Full Member

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    It's heavily covered in the past week leading up to the transfer

    Now it has its own thread

    It now seems to be becoming quite the enigma
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    Skizzo Full Member

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    Not sure what you mean? No he isn't the type of player who has Messi style highlights, but it just shows more of his all around game. I only posted it to show his "first touch" video isn't a true representation of his ability.
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    :lol:
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    horsechoker Sailor vee, this is a right off.

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    Match day thread will go into meltdown when he takes a bad touch.
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    You could make a video like that for most players, but a lot of people seem to think it's an issue with him.

    We already struggle with keeping possession when playing at any kind of intensity above doing nothing, and if anything we need to be upping that quite a bit and not struggling to keep hold of it with poor decisions and touches.

    I think for Lukaku to work well everyone is going to need to step it up, and we're going to need a couple more top level players (wing/cm) to alleviate the issue.
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    Those clips are from 2 years ago. I think last season his overall game showed signs of improvement and let's hope it continues.
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    dwd Saturday Night Spies

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    I can't wait to see his first touch for us :drool:
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    Andersons Dietician Full Member

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    This is very true as has anyone seen the Fellaini Zidanne video?
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    Android1974 Incredibly anal about player positions in lineups City Lover

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    Still, the Messi's bloopers video shows he's class anyway.
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    If it's that bad his good old pal Pogba will teach him how to handle them balls. #BroCare
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    The Mitcher connoisseur of pot noodles and sandwiches

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    Do we really need him to have an amazing first touch anyway? As long as he can control the ball, who cares?
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    Android1974 Incredibly anal about player positions in lineups City Lover

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    If the offensive can't link up play with him, we'll have to find another way of playing, cause last season a lot went into Zlatan's feet.
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    It's just that half (slightly exaggerating) of this video consists of mistakes and average moves, while it is supposed to be a highlights video.